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UTAH CONGRESSMEN MAKE PROGRESS ON CUP REAUTHORIZATION

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Utah's members of Congress made significant progress Tuesday toward agreeing upon a bill to reauthorize the Central Utah water project.

Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, dropped his insistence in a commission to oversee environmental mitigation work in the entire Upper Colorado River Basin, but the delegation agreed to accept the commission idea if Owens can sell it to lawmakers in the other affected states.The five agreed to drop a controversial bird refuge in Utah County that Rep. Howard Nielson, R-Utah, has long opposed.

Nielson told the Deseret News that five or six other points are still in disagreement between the four Republicans and Democrat Owens.

The delegation agreed to ask the House Interior Committee to put off a scheduled Oct. 19 hearing on CUP for two or three weeks to allow more time for the Utahns and their staffs to work out a bill.